When the biggest online poker room makes an announcement about upcoming live game tours, all the pros sit up and listen! So, while making the headlines is nothing new to PokerStars, their most current live poker tour plans for organizing a poker blitzkrieg in Eastern Europe this year has to be the highlight of 2011!!
Confirmations from the website’s spokespersons about the Eureka Poker Tour launching in March with great buy-in offers that have understandably been priced at affordable rates to encourage maximum poker fans to attend it have been appreciated highly by poker pros living in the Eastern Hemisphere. This is the poker player group that most benefited from the Eastern Europe buy-in price considerations, that is, apart from the online qualifiers from different parts of the world. The upcoming Eastern Europe Tournament tickets are thus a far cry from the expensive price tags of the other Poker Star event, the EPT (European Poker Tour) which had buy-ins priced at 5,000 Euros. Ticket prices were fixed such for the Eureka Poker Tour because it was designed to cater to mid-stakes professionals as well as poker amateurs, thus the Main Event tickets will be pegged at €800.
The very first event in the tournament will be held in Prague’s Card Casino starting March 16th and finishing on the 20th of March, 2011. Apart from the Main Events, there will also be a full schedule of various side events organized as part of the Eureka Poker Tour, though the main events will be held across 4 days with a maximum of 500 players on the two starting days.
The pool prize totals when you get the latest download are predicted to be more than 250, 000 Euros, which is one of the biggest attractions of this unique tournament. The EPT Prague’s first season also covers tour stops of Slovenia (May), Bulgaria (June), Romania (To Be Decided) and the Czech Republic (in the month of December).
The details of the tour’s ranking system are still to be announced and the organizers hope to disclose these in the near future in addition to news about the leaderboard prizes as well as the structure of the tournament.
Professional poker player Luca Pagano who is a PokerStar.it Team member went official about the EPT going international in terms of having a lot of Italian, Croatian and Romanian players in attendance when he was at the Caribbean Adventure organized by the website earlier this month. Pagano commented on the Italian Poker Tour going to Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and there being plenty of local talent there as well, which clearly indicated these countries were fast becoming natural markets for poker tournaments. He claimed this was the reason why the world’s largest poker room, PokerStars created a poker tour for these countries.
From the online satellite events of the first Eureka Poker Tour organized, which began on Wednesday, there would be plenty of qualifying options customized for players according to their bankrolls. For example, while the Main Event grants every player a chip start of 15,000 and a 60-minute blind run level, the No Limit Hold’em Turbo games will begin at 7,000 chips while the 20 minute blind levels encourage maximum participation and the Pot Limit Omaha games are pegged at €220, so the final tournament dole out in chips will be 10,000.